Smiles all round for children at Moorings Way Infant School as their new outdoor play area is officially opened

Children from across Moorings Way Infant School are feeling overjoyed following the official opening of their brand-new oakwood galleon play ship, which will provide endless outdoor adventures for generations to come.

Moorings Way infant school, Portsmouth, open new play area

Moorings Way has opened a new boat-themed play area with special guests, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Hugh Mason, MP, Stephen Morgan and the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

The new play space, which cost over £6,500, was funded by Portsmouth City Council from its Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Spend.

Jill Loader, who led the project as the staff rep for the school’s Parent and Teacher Association, said there was a need for the new play facility as the previous framework was not useable.

She said: "As a team, we noticed there was a broken boat in the playground which the school had placed barriers around to ensure the children’s safety. So, we felt we needed something new for the children to enjoy, which is when we looked at the option of having a galleon.

"Seeing how much it was, we knew we didn’t have anywhere near that amount of funds, so I asked myself, who do I know and where can I go, there’s always someone we can reach out to. I engaged with councillors from Baffins and Milton [which the school serves], and they supported us with money from their funds. It makes me very proud to see the joy and the excitement on the faces of the children because of this new play area and I can’t thank the council enough for making this all possible.”

Moorings Way Infant School is a proud member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust with schools from across the city represented at their event, including Meon Infant and Meon Junior schools.

Children from these schools will also occasionally benefit with this new outdoor play area at events such as sports days.